Stonnington – The City of Stonnington has become the first council in Australia to be awarded a Logical Leaders Award by animal rights group PETA after announcing its support for a climate emergency plan that encourages people to stop eating meat.
“We applaud the City of Stonnington for taking a vital first step in fighting climate change by encouraging a change in eating habits,” says PETA Campaigns Advisor Mimi Bekhechi. “The science is clear – ending your consumption of meat and other animal-derived products significantly reduces greenhouse-gas emissions. Additionally, meat, egg, and dairy production fuels habitat destruction and poses a serious threat to native animals. Eating vegan is an easy way to make a big difference.”
By some estimates, animal agriculture is responsible for almost 20% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Just five meat and dairy companies (JBS Foods, Tyson Foods, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America, and Fonterra) produce more combined emissions per year than major oil players like ExxonMobil, Shell, or BP. Conversely, eating vegan can reduce an individual’s food-related carbon footprint by up to 73% – a greater impact than any other lifestyle change – and it spares nearly 200 animals a year the horror of being cut up, beaten, and violently killed in blood-soaked abattoirs.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.